How to prepare your home for the festive season and the perfect Holiday table setting ideas!
The holiday season is here, and while it appears to be a time of slowing down and resting, it can often be the busiest time of year for our social calendars.
It’s the season of hosting! Whether that be dinner parties, Thanksgiving celebrations, or the traditional Christmas lunch, you can bet that people want to wow their guests with spectacular table settings and lull their guests into a state of comfort and peace. After all, the table is one of the first things guests will notice when arriving at your house. Long before food hits the table, your friends and family will be admiring whatever you place in front of them. With meals often being the center point of any holiday celebration, creating an unforgettable table setting is an important part of any party planning.
Whether you’ve done it once or a dozen times, hosting guests during the holiday season is no small feat! Even if guests are only staying for a few hours, you want your home to shine! You want to impress with your hosting know-how because after all, not everyone knows how to host a successful party or holiday feast.
Whilst you don’t need to completely remodel your home for the holidays, there are a few things to consider when preparing. You might even find that the finite timeline of the holiday season gives you that much-needed push to finish up those decorating tasks that have been on the back burner. This is a time to create new memories with your loved ones, but it can also feel stressful if you aren’t organized and prepared.
If you focus on a few important tasks now, you will free up your time to begin enjoying yourself this season.
It’s time to get rid of anything you don’t need, what is taking up space in your home that you rarely use or enjoy? Be ruthless as you give your home a refresh. If you can’t face getting rid of items, consider winter storage options.
Keep it all clean
All of those neglected places in your home? This is the perfect time to give them some attention. A deep clean of your home can work wonders on the aesthetics and also your own peace of mind and wellbeing.
Some key areas to consider include:
- Wash windows
- Wash curtains
- Deep clean the kitchen
- Have carpets professionally cleaned
- Touch-up walls with paint
Prepare for your guests early
If you’re having guests stay over this season, prepare those spaces early. This will save you time and energy in the long run. If you have a dedicated guest space, refresh the bed linen, the decor, and stock up on the essentials.
Playing the role of the host can be a great opportunity to put your decorative skills to the test. Especially when it comes to the festive table setting.
Here are some table-setting ideas and tips to get the creative juices flowing and to give your guests a smile when they sit down to enjoy your wonderful meal.
Repurpose a festive wreath
For an easy centerpiece that oozes holiday comfort and style, why not look at seasonal wreaths as a flat lay on your table or even place your main dish in the center of the wreath itself. With multiple styles available, this is a great addition to both your home and table. You can even look at creating your own.
If you’re looking for that special touch, add some greenery. A bundle of leafy greens or even herbs can be a great addition to an otherwise plain table runner.
Be Bold with Color
While oranges, reds, golds, and yellows are the most used colors at this time of year, make your display really stand out with a pop of fresh color. For example, turquoise or a softer green can really change the energy of a decorative space! Your guests are sure to love it too.
Consider plate and cutlery combinations, flowers, candles, and serviettes. All items on the table are an opportunity to bring color and energy to the room.
Personalize your place settings
Think about creative ways to make each place setting unique, or even something as simple as creating place cards for your guests.
Here are some place card holder ideas:
Cinnamon Sticks: Welcome guests with the scent of warm spices. Wrap the ends of cinnamon sticks in red and gold twine and slip place cards in the stick's natural crevice to create place cards.
Mini Pumpkins: All it takes is a fancy gold push pin and rough torn card stock to turn the cutest mini pumpkin into your guest's place card.
Family Photos: Use old family photos to help guests find their seats and to inspire "remember when" conversations to bring everyone together.
Fall Leaf: A simple leaf and pretty penmanship make the perfect place card.
We hope this holiday season is everything you wish for... and more!
Whether your holiday season is alight with social gatherings or you are winding down for some well-needed rest, creating comfort and coziness in your home is sure to make your winter a nourishing one.